self adaptive wound dressing

  1. Any one using these self adapting wound dressings?
    seems it makes choosing the correct dressing easy - just the one dressing will absorb exudate or provide moisture to dry wound bed or even both, seems to be too good to be true just thought I would throw this out and see what if any one is using this and what kind of results they have had --- this is the site I was reading about this and I have actually gotten some samples for our staff to look at and we are all wondering if their bost are true???

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  3. by   nurselearner
    I just received a generous supply of samples and I am trialing them. They are expensive, but maybe?????? in the long run cost effective.
  4. by   Meg,Rn
    I also have received a sample. I am needing feedback, or reviews of the product. I work in a very rural hospital. Many of our techniques are old and not recommended anymore.

    Thanks in advance!
  5. by   loriangel14
    Yes! We are using this in the hospital where I work. They are awesome and the results have been great.Ours are a different brand but the same idea.
  6. by   tktjRN
    Loriangel14, what brand do you use?
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  8. by   whoelse
    Which Kendall is self-adaptive?? I can't find it... link?
  9. by   vickitexas
    We are using enluxtra in our wound clinic and LTAC facilities and two of the home health's we refer to are also carrying the product. It has been very cost effective for our Home Health's and hospice care since our dressing frequency can easily moved out to once a week dressings. In our state Texas daily and every other day dressings was extremely expensive. But with the use of enluxtra you can easily step out those dressing changes to once a week. The patient's in the LTAC's are no longer daily dressing so the nurse time and overtime is more efficient and overtime wound care nurse is minimal to none. We cut down the use of Santyl from $12,000 a month to less than $1000 not to mention decrease surgical or ANY type wound infection! Surgical incision site have decrease scar formation and decrease post- op infections. The cost is mid-range of course wet to dry is cheaper but who wants to be in a wound BID or QID. And is wet to dry really the best patient outcome? I see after each dressing change with enluxtra the wound bed flattens out inflammatory process is gone ... on a new presenting wound you can within 3-4 dressing changes have that patient going to 5 to 7 days. The large VLU wounds.... Wow! I finally make progress on those wounds and the home health's visit can go from BID to every 4 days and we are actually finally seeing wound size decrease. If you do the math on all the extra products you eliminate and daily supplies goes with daily dressings and nurse time, and infection rates, and surgical wounds dehiscence, santyl cost....less than a dollar a day is what this dressing will get down too. MId price dressing yes but it is by far the first product I can use from beginning of a wound to the end without have to change orders or have to worry if that order is sufficient and working in 1 week or 2 weeks as the wound environment changes... the dressing adapts to the wounds needs. And if you are not using on top of your skin substitutes you are not truly seeing the best outcomes of graft placement. Patients love it decrease pain, odor elimination, wet leaky dressing problems gone!
  10. by   debra.floridaRN
    I have just started using Enluxtra with GREAT results! We tried it on a very difficult venous stasis ulcer patient with copious drainage! No periwound maceration which was a huge problem and we have decreased the amount of dressing changes! The wounds are contracting, there is less odor, leaking drainage and the patient is very happy!!! The cost savings for us with this patient has been significant not to mention nursing time!
  11. by   debra.floridaRN
    For those nurses using Exluxtra for the first time apply the dressing making sure to cover the entire wound bed and extend the dressing 1/2 to 1 inch over the wound edge on the peri-wound skin. Check the first dressing after 2-3 days. If there is no leakage from under the dressing edge, no odor or any allergic reaction from topicals used other than Enluxtra (the dressing is occlusive and may potentiate ointments used on peri-wound skin or topicals spreading to the skin from the wound bed) you may gradually increase the time between dressing changes to once a week. As I stated earlier we are using Enluxtra with great results.
  12. by   rabbitbowchou
    we are using drawtex for wounds with copious drainage and also use for a bit deeper wound to wick out has been working well!!!we like it!!!
  13. by   qaqueen
    Drawtex is good, but in my experience, it sticks to wounds. Enluxtra absorbs better and doesn't stick.
  14. by   WCC LVN
    I was educated on this product, rec'd samples and tried it on my most difficult patients with VS ulcers. I was not impressed. It is difficult to mold to the body, it requires a filler to build up deep wounds so there is contact with wound bed and that has created damage to wounds its like going back to a wet to dry. The idea is great and I'm still going to give it some time to impress me but so far, I'm not impressed and I was so hopeful.